Coaches’ comments: Wigan Warriors 34 – Leeds Rhinos 16

Wigan Warriors coach Adrian Lam was happy that his side got over the line and noted some clear signs of improvement from his players after they notched up their first win of 2019.

The Champions went behind early but ran out comfortable winners over the Rhinos, who struggled to find consistency in their performance and ultimately came up short.

Wigan

Lam admitted tonight was about winning rather than the performance but was pleased with aspects of his players’ display ahead of next week’s World Club Challenge.

“I’m happy to get the win, it didn’t matter what the score was today we just needed to win,” he said.

“We worked on a few things with the ball in training and I saw signs of us putting that into practice tonight. We didn’t play any rugby last week so that was important for us.”

Lam had special praise for man of the match George Williams, who scored a crucial second half try to take the game away from the Rhinos.

“I was pleased for George. I thought he was a bit quiet last week so we wanted him to address that and I’m happy that he did,” he added.

Leeds

Dave Furner couldn’t fault his players effort but says ultimately poor discipline cost his side dearly, as they surrendered a lead early in the game.

“I can’t fault any of the guys attitude, they train really hard and showed some real resilience in defence but in the end we came up short,” he said.

“Out discipline cost us. We need to be better at playing the game in the right areas of the field and they had too many sets on our line.

“The performance was patchy, we need to get more consistency in what we’re doing.”

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